The mouse has endured as a simple, functional, uncomplicated gadget. Then, along comes this new mouse with no buttons—so is it even simpler and better, or just confusing and mysterious? This is the point at which mouse minimalism gets extreme.
Nokia took a striking piece of unibody hardware, coupled it with a 3.9-inch curved glass touchscreen display, removed all the buttons, and topped it with an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera and NFC. Incredible. It's called the N9. But!
From a design standpoint, these new buttonless elevators in populated metro areas are great. Enter in the floor you want, and the central computer aggregates adjacent floors so people get where they're going faster. The problem comes when people get on board, change their minds, and freak due to a lack of control.…